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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont; New edition edition (6 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405211172
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405211178
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A.A. Milne grew up in a school - his parents ran Henley House in Kilburn, for young boys - but never intended to be a children's writer. Pooh he saw as a pleasant sideline to his main career as a playwright and regular scribe for the satirical literary magazine, Punch.

Writing was very much the dominant feature of A.A. (Alan Alexander)'s life. He joined the staff of Punch in 1906, and became Assistant Editor. In the course of two decades he fought in the First World War, wrote some 18 plays and three novels, and fathered a son, Christopher Robin Milne, in 1920 (although he described the baby as being more his wife's work than his own!).
Observations of little Christopher led Milne to produce a book of children's poetry, When We Were Very Young, in 1924, and in 1926 the seminal Winnie-the-Pooh. More poems followed in Now We Are Six (1927) and Pooh returned in The House at Pooh Corner (1928). After that, in spite of enthusiastic demand, Milne declined to write any more children's stories as he felt that, with his son growing up, they would now only be copies based on a memory.

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This is the second volume of stories created by A.A. Milne for his son, Christopher Robin, in which Pooh and Piglet go adventuring again with all their friends in the Hundred Acre Wood. We are introduced to Tigger, and find out what he likes to eat; Piglet "Does a Very Grand Thing"; and Eeyore finds the Wolery. Accompanied by E.H. Shepard's original illustrations in colour, this is a perfect book to have handy when a request is made for a bedtime story. --Philippa Reece --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A.A. Milne A.A. Milne is quite simply one of the most famous children's authors of all time. He created Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger, Kanga and Roo based on the real nursery toys played with by his son, Christopher Robin. And those characters not only became the stars of his classic children's books, Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner, and his poetry for children, they have also been adapted for film, TV and the stage. Through his writings for Punch magazine, A.A. Milne met E.H. Shepard. Shepard went on to draw the original illustrations to accompany Milne's classics, earning him the name "the man who drew Pooh".

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Onewithall on 15 Dec 2010
Format: Hardcover
First off, let me say I'm an adult, having never read the Pooh stories when I was a child. Now for the review:

The House At Pooh Corner is just as good, if not better, than the original Winnie the Pooh. It's a shame Milne only wrote two (prosaic) Pooh books - but then I think that's also what makes them so special. I made sure I savoured this slowly, reading a chapter every now and then. It is actually a superb read for adults - Milne is an author of great skill (both in technique and in story telling), and there are so many nuances in the text; it's not too difficult to see Milne's world view and philosophies behind the surface of each chapter, and his stories so wonderfully reflect his wonder at the imagination of children. Each of the character personalities is so distinct, too - Milne often makes fun of society, particularly by cheekily capitalising certain words. And Shepard's illustrations are ingenious, capturing the essence of Milne's descriptions humorously and, I'm sure, accurately. Finally, the grammar and punctuation is fantastically old school and top drawer - a much better reference than a dry text on the subject. If you want a refreshing break from your day-to-day life, are an adult that wants to awaken their inner child, or if you want to transport yourself to a world where life is simple and delightful, read The House At Pooh Corner! In fact, there is a lot to be said for reading early years fiction as an adult.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ruth O'D on 25 May 2010
Format: Paperback
Apparantly JRR Tolkien stipulated before his death that on no account was the Disney company to be allowed to get hold of his work, it's a pity A A Milne didn't do the same. The original Disney film - Winnie The Pooh - The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh [DVD] [1977] - isn't too bad; a little cute perhaps, but it does use the original stories and mostly keeps to the spirit of the books. Since then, however, Pooh Bear and his friends have become just another group of cute Disney animals who love each other and learn trite lessons about caring and sharing. Eeyore has perhaps suffered the most - from a wonderful bitter, sarcastic, patronising character he has become a mild depressive who only wants to be loved.

So don't be put off by the cartoons, these stories are wise, funny and poetic. They deal with all the faults and foibles of adult society; Pooh's laziness, greed and thoughtlessness, Piglet's cowardice and insecurity, Rabbit's bossiness and impatience, Tigger's boastfulness - I could compare it to Middlemarch for it's insight into human character and power of observation, but it is much funnier and is simple enough to be enjoyed by very young kids. A A Milne's unusual way of writing adds greatly to the stories; he writes in his own particular, rather mock-heroic style with lots of Unnecessary Capitals for Emphasis - I'd love to type out the whole book, but here is a little sample from the title story - "Thank you, Piglet," said Pooh. "What you have just said will be a Great Help to us, and because of it I could call this place Poohanpiglet Corner if Pooh Corner didn't sound better, which it does, being smaller and more like a corner.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By smallkat on 6 April 2001
Format: Audio Cassette
Alan Bennett's voice is superb for this reading of the Winne-the-pooh stories. My favourite is his version of Eeyore. A treat for listeners young and old!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Aug 2001
Format: Hardcover
One of my favourite books of all time (and im 22 now) and still i read it once in a while. The strength of the book lies in the simplicity of the stories themselves. Eeyore is as gloomy and tragic as ever while Pooh as ever continues along his way appreciating the simple things in life, like using your imagination and hunting woozles and heffalumps. Milne's interpretation of a childhood through toy friends is an excellent parllel with my experiences when younger and his tales are likely to strike a chord with readers of all ages. Rediscovering "pooh sticks" earlier on this year led me to read the book again and i remembered the stunningly unexpected undertones in the last chapter of the book. Piglet, Owl, Pooh, Eeyore, Kanga and Roo all feature, not forgetting the fabulously fun filled feline that is Tigger. A must for a desert island book list.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Mar 2001
Format: Audio Cassette
Alan Bennett brings your imagination alive with his telling of A.A. Miilne classic tales. There is really no need for television as your mind paints the pictures as Alan gives each character a beautifuly crafted voice which just seems so right. I'm considering the purchase of another copy. As my current one is wearing rather thin now.... O for a Compact Disc version...
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By Thomas Naish on 25 Oct 2014
Format: Paperback
Winnie the Pooh is, I reckon, the greatest children's writing in English, closely followed by Kenneth Graeme and Roald Dahl. The two things that link these three writers together is 1) they never 'write down' to their audience, and 2) they understand that children's perception of language, although less sophisticated than adults (which is only the result of education), is just as great. The write language that fizzes, flows and leaps off the page at the reader, just as brilliantly as any of the 'great writers' in english.
Like all the best literature (for that's what these writers wrote), it is best read out loud and savoured.
Finally, all of the above means that their work is as much aimed at adults as it is children, maybe even more so. I used a passage from 'In Which Piglet Does A Very Grand Thing' ( Throughly bastardised by Disney who turned it into the boring and mellifulously flat, Winnie the Pooh and the Windy Day), to illustrate the idea of Mutally Assured Destruction regarding nuclear weapons in a university essay. Pooh and Piglet are off to visit Owl on a windy day. The wind is blowing noisily through the tree tops scaring Piglet. He asked Pooh, 'Suppose a tree fell down when we were underneath it?' Pooh thought for a moment and replied, 'Suppose it didn't.' Piglet was comforted by this. Analogy, what happens if the Russians/Americans launch a nuclear strike against us? Suppose they don't? The passage which I'll let people discover for themselves, describing the collapse of Owl's house, and the 'movement' of the portarit of Great Uncle Robert, is simply sublime!
Utterly brilliant stuff!
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